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Concert Review: Johnny Marr – Stylus, University of Leeds


Johnny Marr – Leeds Stylus – September 20, 2021. Photo: Mark Casci

“And it’s absolutely awesome.”

Johnny’s first comeback gig and for I imagine most Stylus sold-out audiences don’t disappoint, especially when he and his band ditch the Smiths classic (and Leeds referencing) “Panic” as their second song. of the evening.

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Although still known as one half of one of Britain’s biggest songwriting partnerships, Marr’s career after Smiths has been defined by experimentation, collaboration and innovation.

Johnny Marr – photo credit to Niall Lee.

Through the many bands he has performed with, or the records he produced on his own, Marr has never been an artist to look back on and much of tonight’s ensemble is taken from his recent illustrious solo career.

The new single Spirit Power and Soul is made up of electronic synths and drum rhythms, driven by almost New Order guitar lines. Easy Money gets people dancing along Stylus balconies and Walk into the Sea offers six minutes of psychedelic bliss.

One of the highlights of the evening was a rendition of Getting Away with It by one of his former Electronic incarnations.

But naturally, it’s the Smiths classics with which Marr generously sprinkles his set that provoke the greatest reactions from the high-capacity audience.

A thrilling and spellbinding How Soon is Now is all-consuming as there is a light that never goes out inspires a mass chant that brings Marr and his band to sit down and allow the crowd to take center stage. from the scene.

For the last two songs, the group created Some Girls are Bigger than Others and Bigmouth Strikes Again, sending the Yorkshire crowd into the hot late summer night with a spring in their step that only live music can bring.

“We’re starting over,” Marr said. “And he still seems to be in Leeds.”

Thank goodness Johnny for that. We missed you.


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